Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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     The Rev. Jessica Crist

The Rev. Jessica Crist is Bishop of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a position she has held since 2007. In 2011 she was elected Chair of the Conference of Bishops. Prior to 2007, she served as Director of the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology for 18 years.  During that time she served as President of the Montana Association of Churches, as well as President of the YWCA of Great Falls, and Chair of the Women’s Health Committee.

Her work with the Lutheran Church has involved working for greater understanding of indigenous issues and peoples, both in Montana, and in cooperation with counterparts in Alberta. The Montana Synod has adopted an apology to the tribes in the territory, and has repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery. 

Bishop Crist and her husband, Turner Graybill, are parents of 2 adult children.  Rhiannon Graybill is a college professor and Raphael Graybill is an attorney.